Humans spend an awful lot of our time looking at screens these days. In fact, if you are like most people, there is a good chance you cannot remember the last day you spent where you didn't look at a single screen (including your phone, tablet, e-reader, computer, smart-watch, etc.) After all, our screens are an integral part of both work and play for many of us. Are your eyes taking a hit because of it?
At Eagle Vision Eye Clinic in Longmont, CO, we have been seeing a rise in patients experiencing computer vision syndrome or simply, digital eye strain, or simply, "computer vision." Computer vision is actually a range of symptoms attributed to spending long hours focused on a screen. This syndrome is most commonly linked to digital screens with blue light, but the truth is that spending lengthy amounts of time focused on any screen – even those with settings meant to be easier on the eyes – can cause computer vision.
Symptoms of 'Computer Vision'
If you searched "computer vision symptoms" on your computer, you probably already suspect you have it. After all, many of the symptoms come on and/or are significantly worsened by spending time looking down at a screen. That said, it is important to get checked out by an experienced optometrist, as many of the symptoms of computer vision can be similar to those for other ocular illnesses and disorders. Common symptoms include:
- Eye strain / eye soreness
- Red or dry eyes
- Eye pain / discomfort (including itching)
- Swollen eyes
- Blurred vision or double vision
- Tearing up
It's important to keep in mind that many people may experience multiple symptoms at once, while others only experience one or two that come and go.
Treatment for Computer Vision Syndrome
Only an eye examination can determine for sure if you are suffering from computer vision syndrome as well as map out the best course of treatment. The good news is that many cases are mild and only require simple vision care, like spending time away from screens and learning to give yourself more breaks. Many people also find that correcting their posture so they are not hunched over so closely to their computer can help greatly. Your optometrist may also prescribe eye drops or even special lenses to help ease the symptoms. In fact, these can be particularly helpful to people who have no choice but to spend long hours in front of a computer screen for their job.
Call Eagle Vision Eye Clinic Today
Suspect you have computer vision syndrome or need further vision care? Call our experienced team at Eagle Vision Eye Clinic today to make an appointment at your convenience.